The Schwimmhaus by German architects Confused-Direction is a green hausboot (oops, house boat) designed to float around or just stay put on the shore. Its modern pre-fab aesthetic sets it aside from most maritime-y houseboats, and a green roof adds freshness and sustainable cred. Still under construction, Schwimmhaus is being built from wood salvaged from an old farm house in addition to other sustainable building materials.
Based in Oldenburg, just a boat’s float up the Hunte River to the North Sea, Confused-Direction is a young design co-op founded by Flo Florian and Sascha Akkermann. With backgrounds in technical design and carpentry, respectively, Confused-Direction dabbles in furniture, interior and architectural design. You may remember Sascha’s fold-up chaise lounge, the poissonmobile from 2006.
The Schwimmhaus is set for completion this spring. No word yet on whether they’re planning on making the hausboot commercially available but I can imagine a waiting list in eco-conscious houseboat-friendly cities like Seattle or Portland. It’s inspiring to see designers take on alternative dwellings - if we can’t significantly reduce the melting of our icecaps and glaciers, we may all be living afloat someday.
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